Red Hat Set To Acquire NOCpulse

Cash-and-stock deal expected to be announced on Monday

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Linux software leader Red Hat is expected to announce on Monday the acquisition of systems management software firm NOCpulse, said sources familiar with the deal.

As part of the cash-and-stock deal, the Raleigh, N.C.-based Red Hat will purchase Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company and integrate its NOCpulse Command Center systems management software into Red Hat Network, a software distribution and management service, the sources said.

The NOCpulse Command Center is an end-to-end monitoring solution for multitiered, distributed computing environments. It is an enabling technology designed to allow managed service providers to offer integrated applications, network, systems and transaction monitoring for distributed Web and enterprise applications.

NOCpulse's management software sits in the firm's Sunnyvale-based network operations center (NOC) and on a network appliance called NOCpulse Satellite, which is installed at a customer's premises and monitors all aspects of a network infrastructure including operating systems and applications.

In addition to integrating the technology into the Red Hat Network, NOCpulse also will continue to be sold as a stand-alone product, sources also said.

NOCpulse was founded in 2000 by two former executives from Frontier GlobalCenter, which was acquired in 1999 by Global Crossing for $11.2 billion. Executives at NOCpulse could not be reached for comment.

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